The Crown (TV series)

The Crown
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Genre Historical drama
Created by Peter Morgan
Theme music composer Hans Zimmer
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom [2]
  • United States [3]
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 ( list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Andrew Eaton
Location(s) United Kingdom
Running time 54–61 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K ( Ultra HD) [4]
Original release November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04) – present (present)
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The Crown is a historical drama television series, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season covers the period from her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret's engagement to Peter Townsend in 1955. The second season covers the period from the Suez Crisis in 1956 to the retirement of the Queen's third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. The third season will continue on from 1964, covering Harold Wilson's two terms as the Queen's Prime Minister until 1976, while the fourth season will see Margaret Thatcher's premiership and a focus on Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Crown evolved out of Morgan's 2006 film The Queen and 2013 stage play The Audience. The series is intended to last 60 episodes over six seasons, with 10 one-hour episodes per season, covering Elizabeth's life from her younger years to her reign, and with new actors being cast every two seasons. Claire Foy portrays the Queen in the first two seasons, alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Olivia Colman will take over for Foy as the Queen in the third and fourth seasons. Filming for the series takes place at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, with location shooting at various locations throughout the United Kingdom.

The first season was released on Netflix on November 4, 2016, while the second was released on December 8, 2017. The series has been renewed for a third and fourth season. The Crown has received widespread critical acclaim for its acting, directing, writing, cinematography, production merits, and the relatively accurate historical accounts of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Significant praise in the first season was directed towards the performances of Foy in the leading role and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. The series has received several accolades, including winning Best Actress and Best Actor at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards for Foy and Lithgow, respectively, and receiving thirteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.


The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. [5] The first season, which sees Claire Foy portraying the Queen in the early part of her reign, depicts events up to 1955, with Winston Churchill resigning as Prime Minister and the Queen's sister Princess Margaret deciding not to marry Peter Townsend. [6] The second season covers from the Suez Crisis in 1956 through the retirement of the Queen's third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, in 1963 following the Profumo affair political scandal and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. [7] [8] [9]

The third season will see Olivia Colman portraying the Queen, [10] and will cover the two terms of Harold Wilson as the Queen's Prime Minister, starting in 1964 with his first, until 1976 at the end of his second. [11] It will also include Princess Margaret's five-year affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn, [7] and see the introduction of Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer. Spencer will be more of a focus in the fourth season, which also sees Margaret Thatcher's premiership. [11]

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